Uganda Premier League
URA FC vs SC Villa
Arena of Visions, Bombo
Tuesday, 07-01-2020 @4pm
BOMBO – SC Villa were one of the surprise teams of the first round as they all but defied odds to end in 4th spot.
After enduring a troubled 2018/19 season and not having the best of pre-seasons, the Jogoos surprised everyone as they kept on winning games and at one point, went on a 13 match unbeaten streak.
Without any major signings, the brilliant turn in form has been attributed to their two coaches in Edward Kaziba and Ibrahim Kirya.
However, the players too have not gone unnoticed as some of last season’s strugglers including Ambrose Kirya, Asuman Alishe and Saidi Keni have somehow been consistent and put out decent displays.
On Tuesday, they start the second round just 9 points off the pace and will be hoping to draw closer to the summit with another victory.
SC Villa ended the first round with 7 victories, six draws and only two losses.
It will however not be easy as they come up against a side that is desperate to change their fortunes.
Unlike Villa, URA FC struggled to a great extent in the first round and will feel the second round is their chance to make things right.
After signing up to 20 players, the Tax Collectors were the laughing stalk of the top-flight as they failed to gather momentum.
In 15 first round games, URA managed just four victories with none coming in consecutive fashion.
Since current head coach Sam Simbwa took over at the back end of the 2017-18 season, URA have been the draw-specialists and that has also been the case this campaign.
In the first-rounds, the Tax Collectors have drew 8 games and if that trend continue in the second (round) URA stand little or no chance to finish in the first five spots.
Simbwa will also be one of the favourites to face the sack and he will be desperate to get off a winning start in the second round.
This will be the 20th meeting between the two sides since September 2010.
In the previous 19 games, URA have won 6, Villa 4 while the other 9 have all ended in draws.
This fixture has not produced an away victory in any of the last 7 games with the home side winning three games while the other four have all ended in draws.
URA have not lost any of the last threw fixtures with Villa, winning one and drawing the other two games.
Going into the game, URA FC have won just one of their last five League games (D3 L1).
At home, the Tax Collectors have lost just a single game this season, winning two and drawing the other five.
For Villa, they head into the contest having lost only one of their last five games (W3 D1). That loss came in their last game as they went down 3-1 away to KCCA FC.
Away from home, Villa ended the first round with four victories, losing just two and drawing as many matches.
The other game on Tuesday
-Tooro United FC vs Onduparaka FC